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11 September 2017

posted 11 Sep 2017, 08:51 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 11 Sep 2017, 09:20 ]

Crimean Tatar leader Chiygoz jailed by Russian court
A prominent opponent of Russia's annexation of Crimea has been given eight years in jail for stirring up protests. Akhtem Chiygoz, deputy chairman of the Crimean Tatar parliament, the Mejlis, took part in a rally backing Ukraine's interim government in 2014. Clashes between rival protesters left two dead. His lawyer said the sentence was unlawful and that he would seek his client's extradition to Ukraine. Russia banned the Mejlis last year. [...]
Source: BBC [11 September 2017]

Liberal anti-Putin coalition causes upset in Moscow council elections
United Democrats triumph in central seats in Russian capital, including the one where the president cast his vote.
A coalition of liberal opposition parties has won a series of victories in local council elections in central Moscow, beating candidates from Vladimir Putin’s ruling United Russia party. The United Democrats movement took 11 out of 12 council seats in the Tverskaya district, a wealthy neighbourhood adjacent to the Kremlin. It also secured all 12 seats in the Gagarinsky district, where Putin cast his vote on Sunday. The opposition likewise upset the odds to triumph in a dozen other districts, the vast majority of them in the heart of the Russian capital. The opposition coalition’s breakthrough campaign was masterminded by the former MP Dmitry Gudkov and the Yabloko and Parnas opposition parties. [...]
Source: The Guardian [11 September 2017]

Jailed Ukrainian Filmmaker Sentsov Transferred To Another Siberian Jail
IRKUTSK, Russia -- Ukrainian writer and filmmaker Oleh Sentsov, who is jailed in Russia over his opposition to Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, has been transferred from a penal colony in Yakutsk to a notorious detention center in the city of Irkutsk, some 1,900 kilometers away. Lawyers and members of the Public Monitoring Commission in Angara, who visited Sentsov in Detention Center #1 in Irkutsk, said on September 11 that he was in solitary confinement in the jail's basement. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [11 September 2017]

Russian Journalist Latynina Flees Russia After Attacks
Journalist Yulia Latynina has left Russia with her family after a series of attacks on her in recent months. "I have left Russia in connection with threats to my life," Latynina said on Twitter, adding the hashtag "#Putin." A frequent critic of the Kremlin, Latynina has said the harassment results from an atmosphere of hostility towards opposition politicians and journalists actively encouraged by Russian authorities. [...]

Source: The Moscow Times [10 September 2017]